AAR reports annual carload and intermodal volume gains for week ending July 6
Carload volume—at 247,896—was up 2 percent annually, and intermodal—at 205,597 trailers and containers—was up 1.1 percent.
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Both carload and intermodal volumes saw gains for the week ending July 6, according to data released this week by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Carload volume—at 247,896—was up 2 percent annually and below the week ending June 29 at 281,367 and the week ending June 22 at 288,224.
Intermodal—at 205,597 trailers and containers—was up 1.1 percent annually and was below the week ending June 29 at 249,763 and the week ending June 22 at 252,807.
Total weekly traffic for carloads and intermodal units—at 453,493—was up 1.6 percent annually.
Of the ten main commodity groups tracked by the AAR, five saw annual increases.
Petroleum and petroleum products were up 36.3 percent. Motor vehicles and parts dropped 11.6 percent.
On a year-to-date basis, carloads are down 1.4 percent at 7,465,261 and intermodal is up 3.6 percent at 6,476,035 containers and trailers.
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Transportation of freight in containers was first recorded around 1780 to move coal along England’s Bridgewater Canal. However, "modern" intermodal rail service by a major U.S. railroad only dates back to 1936. Malcom McLean’s Sea-Land Service significantly advanced intermodalism, showing how freight could be loaded into a “container” and moved by two or more modes economically and conveniently. As with all new technologies, there were problems that slowed the growth, which influenced many potential customers to shy away from moving intermodal.
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